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How getting rid of toxic people changed my life.

Hey loves.

As you could probably see by the title, this blog post is going to get a little bit personal. I’ve been so up and down about whether I should post personal posts on here, but I figured I might as well share my experience as it could help someone else out at the same time.

I think one of the hardest things us humans will admit, is that some of the people we are surrounded with are actually toxic to our physical and mental health. We sometimes don’t want to admit it to ourselves as they could easily be a loved one, friend, co-worker or family member, but it’s so important to realise who’s good for you and who’s not. 
I struggled with this for so many years, I found it so hard to let go of so many toxic people. And because of this, I struggled with a lot of insecurity, anxiety and even depression. I was with a person for almost 3 years, I knew they were so toxic to me but for some stupid reason I couldn’t let go. All because I thought that I would have nothing without them. I was so completely wrong, I was surrounded with so many lovely friends and family who were always talking to me about how this person didn’t mean anything to me, but I just couldn’t listen to it. It didn’t take me until they went and cheated on me and me finding about all the lies they told me, that I realised they didn’t mean SHIT! I dropped them instantly.  I felt so happy, so free, so… HAPPY! That’s a feeling I hadn’t felt in so long, I finally was able to be myself without being judged and I was able to hang out with my friends all the time without being told off. 

This person told me they didn’t like seeing me without makeup, seeing me with my natural curls (which i embrace the shit out of!) and told me I wasn’t skinny enough. But I walked out of that toxic relationship instantly with no regret.

I would be always so scared to even eat around this person as I thought they would think I was fat. And because of this I still sometimes struggle with my eating, it’s one of those things that have affected me both mentally and physically but I’m still getting there.
From that day on, I was very cautious of who I was hanging out with and associating myself with. I had finally found a new happiness and I wasn’t going to let anyone stop me. I hung out with a fairly small group of friends each day, we were all pretty close. One person of the group in particular was very judgemental, and LOVED to argue with others. I had already thought for months of cutting this person off as they had made me feel so insecure, but I decided to give them one last chance. It wasn’t until she was so rude about another close friend of mines beliefs and religion, that I decided to cut all ties. I didn’t speak to her again, sure she tried so many times to rekindle our friendship but I was beyond done. I mean who in the world wants a friend that says this kind of stuff to you? I even came to school a few days to hearing rumours of her telling people that ‘I ruined her reputation’.

“Of course, you’d wear something the same as me out of all days.”

“You look really fat in that photo, what were you thinking”

“Why would you want to study that? It’s not going to get you anywhere”

Even the whole.. “I think I’m a lot more experienced in makeup than you” when they couldn’t even blend their eyeshadow, eh wat?

One thing I can’t stand, is when other people think they are so much better than everyone else. 
Trust me, after these two toxic people left my life. I felt so much happier. I wore whatever I wanted to wear, I hung out with whoever I wanted to be with and I explored more than I did throughout my whole teenage years. I know that a lot of people will be able to relate to what I went through in high school, so I guess that’s what made me want to write about it!
At the end of the day, you need to put yourself as your first priority. Don’t worry about anyone who is making you feel like you aren’t one at all. You are all beautiful human beings who deserve LOVE and to feel beautiful inside and out, and to of course be whoever you want to be! 
I am definitely a different person than who I was 3 years ago, and I am so happy with who I am today. I am confident, I am inlove with someone who makes me feel beautiful everyday, and I am surrounded by such loving friends and family who support me one hundred percent! I am proud of where I am today, I have succeeded so much in just a little timespan of 2 years. And I can definitely say I have learnt ALOT!

If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to, feel free to message me! 
Love,

Annaleise x

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My Favourite Nudes..

I’m meaning the lipstick shades, of course 😉 

You all may know this already.. but I am quite the makeup hoarder. Especially when it comes to lipsticks that happen to be in shades of pinks, nudes and browns! Oops..

I’m going to be showing you my FAVES out of my whole collection, whether it’d be bullet lipsticks, liquid, lip gloss etc.

First off..

Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffer



This is such a lovely nude shade, I love how it looks on my pale skin! The formula is very similar to MAC bullet lipsticks, and it has a faint vanilla scent. The longevity isn’t that long, but it looks amazing on the lips and doesn’t dry up. 

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Lingerie Lipsticks in Exotic and Push Up



Top is Push Up & Bottom is Exotic.

The formula of these liquid lipsticks are very interesting, but in a way I really like them. They go on like a liquid lipstick but when they dry, they are almost like a Soft Matte Lip Cream. They don’t dry completely but they don’t feel sticky on the lips, they last a fairly decent amount of time on the lips and are really comfortable to wear.

XoBeauty Lipstick in Ubuntu



Shaaanxo recently came out with a range of her own lipstick within her beauty line, Xo Beauty. I picked up one of her lipsticks in the shade Ubuntu, this is a Creme finish formula. I’m usually one for Matte lipsticks, but this formula has completely changed me! I love how this looks on the lips, even though I’m pale skinned this still looks amazing. The formula is so comfortable on the lips!

Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lipsticks:


From top to bottom we have: Alyssa, Aquarius and Littlestitious.

Colourpop has got to be one of my favourite affordable brands, and I love trying out their lipstick range! These are my favourite nude shades from their Ultra Matte range. I find that sometimes these can get a little drying on the lips, but they last super long. I find that with moisturising the lips beforehand I don’t find that it gets drying on the lips.

Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Tehran:

I really love the formula of the Mellow Cosmetics Liquid lipstick range, I luckily won their whole collection over a year ago and have been loving every shade since! These have a thin consistency but are super opaque! I love this shade for the winter months as it’s slightly darker than my other nude shades.

Stila Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks:

Shades are: Perla, Patina & Serenata.

I picked up a Stila Cosmetics mini liquid lipstick set from Mecca during last years holiday season, and since then I’ve repurchased the shade Perla as it’s been one of my go to’s! The formula of these are INCREDIBLE! They go on so smoothly, and last for so long without going dry on your lips.

NYX Butter Gloss:


In the shades: Eclair & Creme Brûlée 

Not only do these glosses go on super smooth and opaque, they smell like cupcakes! They make any lipstick look amazing!

Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Sell Out

I hadn’t tried out any of TF lipsticks until I picked up one of their liquid lipsticks a couple of months ago, such a lovely formula! Such a lovely nude shade, it’s slightly darker than the rest of my collection but it really compliments any makeup look! 
Hope your all having an amazing week so far! 💖
Love,

Annaleise x

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The Skin Kitchen

I was lucky enough to be sent through some products by the company, The Skin Kitchen and I will be sharing my thoughts throughout this post.

The Skin Kitchen is a vegan skincare company, which is based in New Zealand (yay!). They offer a range of handmade, natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free skincare which is so exciting! 

They sent me through the Coconut Lip Scrub and the Vanilla Latte Body Scrub.


I am a sucker for scrubs, lip scrubs, body scrubs, face scrubs EVERYTHING! I just love the feeling of feeling so exfoliated and soft afterwards.

So receiving a lip scrub was amazing, especially in a coconut scent. This Coconut Lip Scrub is natural and vegan, and smells just like summer! What I liked the most about this lip scrub in particular is that the sugar didn’t go everywhere, and it was super easy to take off afterwards. I found that my lips felt super soft and plump, it’s even edible so you can lick it off! 


As you can see, there are only a few ingredients in this lip scrub. No nasty chemicals! 


I’ll definitely be using this throughout the winter, as my lips (and majority of my skin) get so chapped and dry! So it’s so lovely to use right before applying a lip balm.

The Lip Scrub is $16


They have recently launched a very exciting product to their range, Vanilla Latte body scrub! 

I am really excited about this, I’m sure if you’ve seen my Instagram posts you’d know that I love trying out body scrubs! I’ve used this twice now, and I’ve noticed a difference in my skin already. My skin is usually so so dry and patchy throughout the winter season, and now it’s super soft and is free off dry patches. I’ve even noticed a small difference in my cellulite and stretch marks, so I’ll definitely be keeping on using this to see if I notice any other changes! Yay!

This smells like a classic coffee scrub, EXCEPT it has such an amazing scent of vanilla which makes it smell so so sweet and amazing. I am a big coffee lover and this smells exactly like a vanilla latte would! Yas!

The Body Scrub is $22.50



I will definitely be purchasing more products from The Skin Kitchen very soon, I love how high quality their products are and they are at such affordable prices! Plus I will always support an amazing New Zealand company! 

You can find The Skin Kitchen at:

http://www.theskinkitchen.co.nz

IG: theskinkitchenofficial